GPC Student to Participate in Carter Center Panel on Mental Health

01/30/2013
Contact: Beverly James
Phone: 678-891-2686
Fax: 678-891-2966   
Author: Beverly James   

For Immediate Release

Georgia Perimeter College student Kimberly Minor, president of the Active Minds chapter at GPC, will participate in the panel discussion, “Conversations: Beyond Stigma—Bringing the Conversation About Mental Illness Forward,” 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 19 at The Carter Center.

Other panelists include Carter Center stigma expert Rebecca Palpant Shimkets, who will moderate the discussion; Dr. Mark McLeod, director of Emory University Counseling Services; Billy Howard, the 2011-2012 Rosalynn Carter Fellow for Mental Health Journalism and Step Inside My Head creator; and Alison Malmon, Active Minds founder and CEO.

Active Minds is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to raising mental health awareness among college students. There are approximately 350 Active Minds chapters nationwide, each run by students who experience mental illness or who have an interest in entering the mental health field.

Minor and other members of Active Minds give presentations to classes, participate in fairs and hold workshops to spread knowledge that mental health is prevalent and treatable.

“The words scare people, and once you get diagnosed it is a struggle to accept it,” Minor says. “But you can survive and thrive and lead a fulfilling life with mental illness. It’s not the end of your dreams.”

The event is free and open to the public. For more information or to register, visit http://donate.cartercenter.org/site/Calendar/1348670419.

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Georgia Perimeter College, the largest state college of the University System of Georgia, serves approximately 24,000 students through four campuses and several sites in metro Atlanta. For additional information, visit www.gpc.edu.